The M.S. in Finance: Applied Security Analysis Program is only open to students who are currently majoring in finance at the Wisconsin School of Business and pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The program adds one incremental year beyond the BBA requirements.

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree—from any institution and in any field of study—may wish to consider the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA specialization in applied security analysis.

How We Decide

When considering applications to the M.S. in Finance program, we look for the following characteristics:

  • Academic excellence, including an academic profile that will lead to graduate school admission
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical capabilities
  • Leadership and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the profession and why it is a good fit for you

The admissions committee places some emphasis on a student’s involvement in activities outside the classroom, such as participation in student organizations. These activities help students develop the personal and professional characteristics that will support academic and career success.

Class Profile


Average GMAT score
(M.S. in Finance 2018 graduating class)


Average undergraduate GPA
(M.S. in Finance 2018 graduating class)

Important Dates

Late January (junior year): Admissions application due

February: Admissions interviews scheduled

March: Admissions decisions announced

Spring semester (senior year): Interviews for internships

May: Internship placements announced

Summer following senior year: Internships conducted

Application Process

The application process to the M.S. in Finance Program has two parts.

Apply to the M.S. in Finance Program

Apply to the M.S. in Finance: Applied Security Analysis Program in the spring semester of your junior year by submitting an online application. A link to the application is sent to all UW–Madison undergraduate students in finance. The deadline to apply is in late January.

Apply to the Graduate Program

Following your admission to the program as an M.S. in Finance candidate and at the start of your senior year, you will complete a separate, online application process with the UW–Madison Graduate School. This application process requires you to provide a GMAT score and complete certain essays.

Tuition and Fees

Program Tuition and Fees for 2017–2018 Academic Year

Tuition, Fees,
Tuition $17,451.68 $35,316.00 $35,316.00
Segregated Fees* 1,260.24 1,260.24 1,260.24
Program Fees 0.00 0.00 0.00
Yearly Total $18,711.92 $36,576.24 $36,576.24

Exact tuition and fees are set each August by the state legislature; tuition may vary from year to year.

*Segregated fee rate is updated each summer pending decision by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Additional information is available from the Office of the Registrar. In the dropdown menu for “Student Career,” please refer to the “Business Masters” category.

Financial Support

Financial support may be available for M.S. in Finance students in the form of tuition awards, CFA Institute scholarships, or teaching assistantship opportunities. Please contact us with any questions.

In addition, each student completes a paid internship in the summer following the senior year.

Students who join the Hawk Center's Applied Security Analysis Program for the optional winter trip to New York City and Boston will have some of their travel costs subsidized.

Additional resources are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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